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Lake District Roads

Nature volume 143, page 595 (08 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE main object of the Friends of the Lake District is to have the Lake District made a National Park; but they insist on the necessity of guarding against the present tendency to undue development of motor-roads and motor-transport which would ruin the beauty and solitude of the district. The theme is developed at length in a pamphlet entitled “A Road Policy for the Lake District” published by the Friends of the Lake District, Ambleside. The essential Lake District is within a radius of some fifteen miles from the Langdale Pikes: this is the area that needs to be protected. There should be good motor-road access to this area and around it, but there should bo no increase in the two or three good routes which go through this area. Moreover, in order to preserve the amenities, which give the Lake District much of its claim to preservation as a park, the width of roads should not be increased and through fast traffic thereby encouraged, dale-head roads which end in a cul-de-sac should not be made available for through traffic, and certain byroads should be closed entirely to motor-traffic. The pamphlet discusses these matters at length as well as the good and bad examples of road widening that have already been carried out. Above all, it advocates a policy that suits the requirements and amenities of the district rather than a standardized national policy which has little or no relation to local requirements.

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